Thank you, El Paso!

I recently had the pleasure to discuss important government contracting legal updates and their effects on small businesses, at the 11th Annual Veterans Business Conference at Fort Bliss (in El Paso). The Contract Opportunities Center did a fantastic job organizing the conference, which brought together small businesses and government agencies for a wide-ranging discussion on government contracting. My presentation discussed many of the topics we’ve been following at SmallGovCon, including the SBA’s new small business mentor-protégé program, changes to the limitation on subcontracting, and, of course, the Supreme Court’s Kingdomware decision.

I also enjoyed meeting many of the small business owners and government representatives who attended the event. If you attended the conference, it would be great to hear from you.

Thanks to the COC for a great event—I hope to see you again next year!

SBA Small Business Mentor-Protege Program: Live Training August 11, 2016

The recently-finalized SBA small business mentor-protege program will change the landscape of set-aside contracting–for large businesses and small contractors alike.

I am excited to announce that Koprince Law LLC has partnered with GOVOLOGY to offer a live electronic training on this important new program.  Please join us on August 11, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. Central for this 90 minute training.  The training is open to the public, so please follow this link to register.  If you’re a Koprince Law LLC client or SmallGovCon newsletter subscriber, check your email for a special discount code.

See you online on August 11!

SDVOSB Updates: Free Webinar August 4, 2016

It’s been a year of big changes in the government’s SDVOSB programs.  First came the Kingdomware Supreme Court decision, which was soon followed by the SBA’s final rule adopting a new “universal” mentor-protege program–and imposing many new requirements on SDVOSB joint ventures.

On Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Central, I will host a free webinar to discuss these important changes.  To register, just follow this link and complete the brief electronic form, or call Jen Catloth of Koprince Law LLC at (785) 200-8919.

See you online on Thursday!

SmallGovCon Welcomes Candace Shields

I am very pleased to announce that Candace Shields is joining our team of government contracts bloggers here at SmallGovCon.

Candace comes to us from the Social Security Administration, where she was an Attorney Advisor for several years.  As an associate attorney at Koprince Law LLC, Candace’s practice focuses on federal government contracts law.

Please check out Candace’s online biography and great first blog post, and be sure to visit SmallGovCon regularly for the latest legal news and notes for small government contractors.

Thank You, Quad Cities!

I am back from a trip to the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa, where I gave two presentations at the Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium. My first presentation focused on upcoming legal developments (including the big Kingdomware Supreme Court decision, which is due any day now); my second talk centered on the SBA’s pending universal mentor-protege program.

It was great to spend two days meeting with small government contractors, large mentors and small business liaison officers, government officials and others in the industry.  A big “thank you” to the Iowa/Illinois Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association for organizing an outstanding event.  Thanks also to the Illinois PTAC, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and all of the other event sponsors for their contributions, and to the Midwest SBLO Group for inviting me to address its quarterly meeting.  And of course, thanks to all of those who attended the conference (and my presentations!)

If you weren’t able to make it the Quad Cities for this year’s event, please feel free to contact me for copies of my PowerPoint slides. As for me, I’ll be sticking closer to home for a little while, before kicking off a busy August with a trip to Texas for the 20th Annual Government Procurement Conference.  Hope to see you there!